Even if Philip Scrubb has been the big story with the Fraport Skyliners as his magical scoring has produced one or more fans for the quiet Canadian, but also the steady emergence of Isaac Bonga at the guard positions as well as Jules Akodo and Garai AZeeb who have been carrying the Pro B team Fraport Skyliners Juniors with their important leadership as well as their hot and timely shooting this season. However there is another highly talented player in the Fraport Skyliners organization that is looking to follow in the footsteps of these German guards with Maxi Begue. The 16 year old 192cm point guard that started his career with BC Darmstadt and could get mixed up with Tai Webster just from their hair style has been on fire the last weeks. In two of three games, he was the key figure in crunch-time propelling Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners past Leverkusen and the Metropol Baskets Ruhr with his good decision making and precision shooting. He exploded for 30 points in Hagen, but the club lost a nail bitter, but other than that the German U-16 national player has been moving along steadily with his development. He hit the floor in his living room against Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers looking to help his team get revenge for the loss in their first meeting where he didn´t play, but had to content with talented young German point guard Bjarne Kraushaar who like Isaac Bonga belongs to their EasyCredit BBL team and had to watch how Kraushaar took apart his team in the fourth quarter as he exploded for 17 of his 29 points leading Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers past Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners 68-54. After the contest, Kraushaar was pouring with sweat, but still had enough energy to sport a smile after playing 38 minutes only 16 hours after helping the BBL team win in Braunschweig where he steered 8 points. “We didn´t defend well in the first half not playing team basketball, but in the second half we hustled better, played team basketball and hit shots”, added 2013 JBBL rookie of the year Bjarne Kraushaar. After the game Maxi Begue exited the locker room after his seven point game and reading disappoint on his face was an understatement. “We didn´t come out the way we wanted to from the start. We weren´t aggressive on defense or moving the ball the way we wanted to. We made bad decisions and when only two guys do the bulk of the scoring, you have to find a way to stop it”, stressed Maxi Begue.
The 5-2 Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners met the 4-3 Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers and in the first five minutes the game resembled more a high scoring football game at 4-3 or a normal ice hockey result as both teams seemed nervous and couldn´t buy a bucket on a regular basis. 18 year old 196cm German from TSV Ebersheim Dennis Machlab opened up the scoring while the hero from the big Giessen Pro B win in Rhondorf only 15 hours earlier Tim Uhlemann who had a 12/11 game and won the game in crunch-time tied the score with a layin. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners would keep the lead after 17 year old German energy player Alvin Onyia hit one of his bread and butter shots with the floater for the 4-2 lead. Then in the latter half of the first quarter, both teams would find their offensive rhythm, but Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers would keep the lead until the end of the first quarter, but Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners remained in striking distance. 16 year old 190cm German Janis Hahn found his rhythm showing his inside out game scoring in the paint and hitting a trey while another hero from the Rhondorf win Tim Kordyaka who is a 18 year old 198 shooting guard who hit Rhondorf for 5 points showed his quickness making a steal and going coast to coast for the easy layin. But the guests had only the slim 10-8 lead as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was able to keep pace as Onyia scored again inside and ex TV Langen guard Niklas Pons also scored in the lane. But then came the first real appearance of 2016 NBBL allstar Bjarne Kraushaar who entered the game with a 55% from outside hit back to back three´s as his calmness and cool shooting stroke gave Roth Energie BBA Giessen the 16-10 lead. But Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got timely production from their 18 year old 207cm 108 kilo big man Beat Weichsler who scored five points and demonstrated his aggressiveness in the paint finishing twice. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners trailed only 18-15, but did a good job limiting Tim Uhlemann, were dominating the offensive rebounds and got needed production form Weichsler and 17 year old 198cm forward Leon Pullen who started his career at TV Langen. “The reason both teams had a slow start is because we all play on different teams and don´t practice so much. It always takes a few minutes before we get going”, stressed Bjarne Kraushaar. Roth Energie Giessen was shooting 47% form the field and 43% from outside and had eight rebounds and four turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was shooting 37% from the field and 0% from outside and had 12 rebounds and four turnovers.
In the second quarter ROTH Energie BBA Giessen 46ers would keep the slim lead as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners didn´t let up and stayed with the guests. In the first few minutes it was the big man show of 207cm Weichsler and 203cm big man Tim Uhlemann who traded baskets twice while 16 year old 188cm guard Maxi Begue who is a late starter in games in the past weeks from BC Darmstadt made his first field goal of the game with his bread and butter shot the floater, but the guests still led 24-21. Kraushaar took a step back from scoring during the big man show, but concentrated more on his playmaking and shone as he found 16 year old 188cm guard Paul Schneider who started his career at BC Marburg with a no look pass and bucket as Giessen led 26-21. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to be ice cold from outside hitting nothing, but continued to dominate the boards. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners then had a good spurt closing out the second quarter with a 11-6 run to deadlock the game at 32-32 at halftime. In the run Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners continued to do damage inside as their three continued to be nonexistent. 18 year old 200cm German Antonius Douloudis came up big scoring twice inside being aggressive with a tip in and left handed lay in. Begue and Pons also finished strong inside as did Onyia who made a huge play waiting for Uhlemann to get up and then finishing. The guests got three buckets in the paint from Kordyaka, Uhlemann and Kraushaar. “We both defended well which limited the points”, added Bjarne Kraushaar. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was shooting 41% from the field and 0% from the three point line while grabbing 22 rebounds and coughing up the ball four times while Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers was shooting 48% from the field and 25% from the three point line and had 14 rebounds and seven turnovers while still having no offensive rebound.
In the third quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners would go on a run and gain their first big lead of the game and keep it going into the fourth quarter. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got on the board first as Machlab scored on the pick and roll as Onyia found him while the guests got a trey from Uhlemann to tie the game at 35-35. Uhlemann who is a modern forward that excels at the inside out game finished with 18 points and six rebounds and shot 50% from the field and one noticed that he still had the big Rhondorf win in his bones. “It wasn´t so easy today for me as I had little power, but it was a team win today and we got good play from individual players”, stressed Tim Uhlemann. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners then played their best stretch of the game going on a big 9-0 run to lead 44-35 which was sparked by seven consecutive stops on defense. Niklas Pons was most likely playing mind games with himself as he had been 1/6 from the field at that juncture and had no luck with his outside shot. So he opted for using his drive which isn´t to shabby and was rewarded with two baskets. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners also hit their first trey of the game as Onyia connected and Begue tested his 33% shooting from the parking lot connecting getting nothing but net. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were more aggressive at both ends of the court, continued to dominate the boards and tackled the Giessen zone with success. Kraushaar and Pullen traded baskets in the last minute as Frankfurt led comfortably 46-39 after 30 minutes. “Frankfurt played very good team basketball while we didn´t defend the way we should giving up easy baskets and didn´t play as a team”, added Bjarne Kraushaar. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was shooting 39% from the field and 8% from the parking lot and had 39 rebounds and 10 turnovers while Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers were shooting 37% form the field and 21% from the parking lot. They had 21 rebounds and 10 runovers.
In the fourth quarter, it was the Bjarne Kraushaar show as he steered home 17 points as his three pointer just destroyed Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners. A side note to the game was the disqualifications of players Oliver Babtisch and Janis Hahn. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got on the board first as Weichsler scored on the fast break and ran the floor like a guard and Pullen made a free throw as they gave Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners their biggest lead at 49-39, but that would be short lived as Kraushaar was on board ready for damage. Roth Energie BBA Giessen 46ers had a lot of offensive power left and just destroyed Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners on a vicious 29-7 run to decide the game. It was Kraushaar who got the run going with his first trey followed by a Uhlemann 20 footer as Giessen trailed 49-42. Giessen started to get more stops while their offense was still rolling. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners got continued good work from 16 year old Risto Vasiljevic who played previously at BC Darmstadt getting to the free throw line twice, but his inaccuracy was misfortunate as he made only two shots as Frankfurt kept the slim 51-46 lead. Kraushaar continued to fire away as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was unable to contain him properly as he cut the Frankfurt lead to 51-49 with a trey. Niklas Pons who averaged 12.3ppg last season in the NBBL took over the commando on offense with a jumper and free throw to keep Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners slighty in the lead, but before Kraushaar would totally slam the door in Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners face, it was Tim Kordyaka who also took some offensive responsibility nailing two three´s as Roth Energie Giessen 46ers took the lead back at 55-54 and would never look back. Giessen was more calm and patient on offense while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners just fell apart at both ends. After a stop, Giessen got another trey from Kraushaar at the 2,58 minute mark as Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners trailed 58-54, but still in the hunt. However where Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners was so strong and calm in the last two crunch time home wins against Leverksuen and Metropol Baskets Ruhr, this time they clearly faltered as their execution on offense was horrible. Kraushaar was in the zone and his self confidence was at another level. Not only was his three on fire, but he also scored in the paint making a sweet crossover past Douloudis scoring with ease and making a free throw for the 61-54 Giessen lead. After a Uhlemann steal, the Kraushaar show continued as now he took something out of Real Madrid´s wonder boy´ Luka Doncic arsenal making the pretty shovel pass on the pick and roll to Uhlemann for the easy layin for the 63-54 lead. “Doncic is my role model as he is as old as I am. I love how he reads the pick and roll. I have seen that pass he made and watch all his highlights”, smiled Bjarne Kraushaar. Kraushaar also had no mercy as with the game decided and a few seconds to go, he didn´t hesitate to improve his stats nailing a buzzer beater three with no defense, but just an added smack in the face of Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners as the long fourth quarter misery of Frankfurt had finally ended. “We came back as a team, fought on defense and my teammates found me. Everybody hustled and the bench pushed us as well. Frankfurt had rebounded better, but when we needed them most we got them”, stressed Bjarne Kraushaar. “We didn´t defend well at the end anymore and Kraushaar beat us”, added Maxi Begue. Roth Energie BBA Giessen was led by Bjarne Kraushaar with 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Tim Uhlemann added 18 points and six assists and Tim Kordyaka ahd 11 points. Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were led by Niklas Pons with 12 points and Beat Weichsler added 11 points. Roth Energie BBA Giessen shot 42% from the field and 34% from outside and hauled down 31 rebounds and had 11 turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 35% from the field and 6% from outside and had 46 rebounds and coughed up the ball 14 times.